Torlakson sworn in as state superintendent of schools

Californians have a new Superintendent of Public Instruction. Tom Torlakson was sworn in this morning at Mt. Diablo High School where he used to teach science and history. Barbara Nemko, superintendent of Napa County’s Office of Education, administered the oath of office. “We face huge challenges in California,” he said [...]

By | January 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

Laguna High honored by state

Outgoing State Superintendent of Schools Jack O’Connell on Friday released the top 27 continuation high schools in the state. Laguna High School in Sebastopol was honored as a “2011 Model Continuation High School.” Continuation high schools serve students who lack sufficient school credits and are at risk of not graduating. [...]

By | December 17th, 2010|0 Comments

Local schools awarded federal grants

Santa Rosa City Schools and Cotati-Rohnert Park have won a combined $240,000 from the Enhancing Education Through Technology competitive grants. Santa Rosa was awarded $190,000 and Cotati-Rohnert Park will get $50,000, according to the California Department of Education, which announced the awards today. In Mendocino County, Ukiah Unified was awarded [...]

By | November 29th, 2010|0 Comments

Schools chief cheers move by Brown to eliminate Ed. Sec

Not surprisingly, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell on Wednesday cheered Jerry Brown's announcement that he wants to eliminate the state Secretary for Education position. Here is O'Connell's full statement: “I applaud Jerry Brown’s decision to work closely with the California Department of Education and the State Board of [...]

By | November 11th, 2010|4 Comments

UPDATED: O’Connell to visit Windsor High today

UPDATE: Windsor High Principal Marc Elin just sent these photos over from today's luncheon with State Schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell. Check them out. ______ Outgoing state superintendent of schools Jack O’Connell will visit Windsor High School this afternoon and take a tour of some of the school’s career technical facilities, [...]

By | October 20th, 2010|0 Comments

Test scores: Should we aim higher than 800?

In a teleconference with reporters on the release of the latest round of API and AYP scores, state schools chief Jack O’Connell said now is the time to consider upping the state’s goal from a target of 800 to something beyond. How much beyond, he wouldn’t say. Now is the [...]

By | September 13th, 2010|1 Comment

Five Sonoma County seniors to be honored in Sacramento today

Five Sonoma County students are expected to be in Sacramento today to receive Comcast’s Leaders and Achievers scholarship. The following students will win $1,000 each: Ryan Afflect of El Molino High Maria Dilley of Cloverdale High Jonathan Edens of Rincon Valley Christian School Lauren Gibson of Ursuline High Anjelica Price-Rocha [...]

By | June 17th, 2010|0 Comments

UPDATED: 10 Sonoma Co. schools on state ‘Distinguished’ list

UPDATE II: I mistakenly left Austin Creek off of the list. It's been added below. ______ UPDATE: This is the elementary school list. When the secondary list is released, I'll do a follow-up post. ______ Ten Sonoma County elementary schools have been named to the state’s 2010 California Distinguished Schools [...]

By | April 19th, 2010|2 Comments

Two Sonoma County schools honored by state

Two Sonoma County schools are among those being honored by the California Department of Education as a 2009-10 Title 1 Academic Achievement Award winner. Piner Elementary and R.L. Stevens Elementary schools were among the 238 honored by the state. “These award recipients prove that with hard work and high expectations, [...]

By | February 19th, 2010|0 Comments

New state system to help track kids — will it help locally?

State schools chief Jack O’Connell announced this morning that the state is implementing a new “Migrant Student Information Exchange” system to help teachers and administrators keep track of students, their academic records and other information. As described by the California Department of Education, the system is designed to help track [...]

By | February 18th, 2010|0 Comments